I used my personal blog to rave on about how impressed I was by the Atletico manager Diego Simeone over his performance at the club over the two and a half years he’s been in charge. He has won two European trophies, the Europa League and the Uefa Super Cupwhere they beat then Champions League champions Chelsea I might add. They also beat Real Madrid in last year’s Copa Del Rey final. They won La Liga this time around and reached the final of the Champions League which they came so painful close to winning. If that isn’t a successful manager at just 44 years of age; then I don’t know what is.
Last Friday I wrote how I still wanted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to go despite the Gunners winning the FA Cup. Simeone’s performances have just cemented my views even more. There must be another Diego Simeone out there who we just need to find. Better still, Arsenal should offer the Atletico genius enough money to convince him to move to the Emirates stadium. Wishful thinking I know. But it is proof there are some fantastic low profile managers out there just dying to burst into the limelight and win some silverware.
While I’m here I do want to congratulate Real Madrid for winning their 10th European title. That was a show of class and experience that won the day for them and they deserved it! Painful as it was considering that I had declared myself a “Friend of Atletico” on twitter.
Still the game was worthy of a final. The focus now turns to the World Cup in Brazil and I can’t wait. While I am traditionally blue blooded on the international scene, Les Bleus completely disappointed me by their unbecoming antics at the last World Cup in South Africa. So during that tournament, my husband convinced me to defect to his team, L’Oranje, and it was exciting to see the Netherlands reach the final, but disappointing that they didn’t win it. This time around I want Brazil to win on home soil. It’s only right for things to happen that way.
The Brazilians haven’t won the World Cup in twelve years and that in itself is an injustice. Manager Luis Felipe Scolari however has a magical squad and he’s a magical manager. The fact that he’ll be on home soil should be enough to spearhead the country to the World Cup Trophy. Competition I believe will come from Germany, Spain and Argentina. The rest will simply be participants! I’ll delve deeper into World Cup stories as we get closer to the 12th of June. As of today; it’s 13 days to go! Talk to me on @CarolRadull on twitter or www.facebook.com/CarolRadull